Having had mentors throughout his life, Alfonso Cuarón is highly enthusiastic about the mentoring year. His Indian protégé Chaitanya Tamhane, with a much-awarded first feature but no formal film training, says: “A mentor figure is someone I have always craved.”
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ability to capture a different perspective in his films captivated young Israeli film-maker Tom Shoval, who wants to make films that are deeply personal but reveal a universal human experience.
For Sara Fgaier, the mentorship has been an extraordinary opportunity to be guided by one of the most revered film editors, Walter Murch. Her mentor enjoys working with young people and likes the way their questions make him examine assumptions in established thinking.
Zhang Yimou has been depicting Chinese heroism for decades in his cinematic masterpieces. The mentorship gave his protégée, a gifted Palestinian director, a rare opportunity to observe as he created a new feature film – a story of sacrifice and war.
In an unprecedented act of trust and respect, the mentor invited his protégée to watch the cutting of a new feature film. This and other valuable gifts mark an extraordinary year for a young film-maker.
The 29-year-old protégé has shot his second feature under the guidance of mentor Stephen Frears. The story explores the lifestyle of the young, idle members of Peru’s upper classes.
It began with them talking movies over fish curry and wine. It ended with the certitude that they spoke the same creative language.
February 2017 Chaitanya Tamhane visited the set of Alfonso Cuarón’s new film, Roma.
March 2016 Alejandro González Iñárritu has become one of three people to win Best Director in consecutive years.
September 2015 Editing film requires a fine balance of judgement, says Sara Fgaier, who was mentored by Walter Murch in 2012–2013.